Pemigewassett Hotel Fire.

Pemigewassett Hotel Fire.

Plymouth, N. H., is a village of over 2,000 inhabitants and has a fire area of 640 acres. It is essentially a wooden town, where no prohibition exists as to wooden roofs. As such, from a fireprotective standpoint, it is liable to be swept by fire, if any big blaze should arise. For fire protection it depends altogether upon hydrant streams, the pressure being between 80 and 90 lb. The system of supply is gravity and pumping a reservoir of 3,500,000-gal. capacity. Its volunteer firemen, who are summoned by the Gamewcil fire alarm telegraph system, are equiped with a hook and ladder truck, hose carriage and reels and about 2,000 ft. of cotton rubber-lined hose. It might be thought that, in a community where very few of the houses are above two stories high, are altogether wooden, and liable at any moment to catch fire, especially on or about the Fourth of July when no ordinance interferes with the making, keeping or selling fireworks or, in fact, any combustibles, a chemical engine would form a useful piece of fire apparatus, especially when a fire is small or in the incipient stage. But chemicals in any shape do not seem to be in favor there. A good chemical stream might have proved very serviceable at the recent fire in the town, which destroyed the Pemigewassett house, the one hotel in the place. It was a 3?4-storv building of wood, situated in the centre of the village and occupying the whole of rts east side. It was not sprinklered, but was equiped with standpipes, and had stood there for fifty years. The fire started from an unknown cause in a room on the southeastern part of the tulidmg. and. when the fire department, under Chief A. Cousins, came up, the flames were breaking through the roof. Hydrant streams alone were resorted to, and of these six were thrown at one time, two from two 2-in. and two from two double 6-in. hydrants, distant from 200 to 400 ft. from each other, the pressure being 85 lb. The nozzles Used were ⅜-in. and The width of the village street is 150 ft. and on it is laid a 6-in. main, on which nearly 50 Ludlow hydrants are set. The water supply was very good throughout. The hose‘used was 2j4-in. cotton, rubber-lined, of which 1,500 ft. were laid, two length bursting while in-service. There was a strong west wind blowing-all the time, which carried burning embers with it and set fire to some stacked timber and burned a set of farm buildings, the loss from that cause be; itig $2,000. The destruction of the hotel was complete, the total loss on building-(which was insured for $75,OQ0L>furniture and fittings: being, $100,000.

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